Made in Virginia: Our Staff Picks for Locally Made Gifts

by Jane Lammay | Posted: Nov 27, 2017 | Updated: Dec 14, 2017

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Are you checking names off of your holiday gift list yet? If you haven’t finished grabbing that perfect hostess gift, friend or relative gift, or holiday cheer present, we have some ideas for you.

Today’s gift guide features all Virginia-made products at every price range to help you celebrate the season. Find some affordable and chic finds for your visitor…or maybe even for yourself! And keep reading to find a special discount code for officially licensed new Virginia is for Lovers merchandise. Happy gifting!

 

 

—Virginia is for BEACH Lovers—

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1. Set up near the waves with the Sandbridge Beach Table, which holds your beach beverages and accessories…$39.95

2. These Plank Eyewear Marshall wood-frame sunglasses are made for men. They are lightweight and easily adaptable to any dress environment – casual or dressy…$75

3. Wave Riding Vehicles makes a surfboard called the Nugget. “This past decade has seen a growing demand for more volume in boards and our Nugget is the answer. Its groundbreaking design continues to redefine how to make small wave riding fun.”…$535+

 

 

—Virginia is for CRAFT BEER Lovers—

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4. These personalized glass beer mugs are perfect for the beer guy in your life. Handmade and made-to-order from Etsy’s Blue Ridge Mountain Co…$53.99

5. These solid wood custom, rectangular tap handles are made from your choice of wood species and you can even add a logo. Moslow Wood…price varies

6. These growlers come in either 32 or 64 ounces and can be personalized with text or artwork. From Shine Vessels…$39.99 (32 ounce) or $59.99 (64 ounce)

 

 

—Virginia is for FOOD Lovers—

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7. Pick up one of these limited edition Virginia-themed tea towels as a holiday gift or a new accent piece in your kitchen decor. Created by printmakers and Richmond residents Meredith and James Hill. Lightbox Print Co…$20

8. These sauces have a unique medley of savory spices and natural ingredients! Try the Original, Sweet & Spicy, Isaac’s Apple, or Brazen Heat Hot, if you dare! Bone Doctors’ BBQ Sauce…$4.99

9. Talk with your family and friends while cooking or grilling in this vintage-inspired leather apron. It features an adjustable leather neck strap, leather straps that tie around the body, and two front pockets. From Moore and Giles…$375

 

 

—Virginia is for HISTORY Lovers—

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Photo Credit for 12: Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello

10. This 1926 colorful Virginia map is an old vintage gift for your history-loving relative or friend. Etsy’s Upcycle Farmer has different options…$9.95

11. “Virginia Women: Their Lives and Time-Volume 2” can be found at the Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia. Many books relating to Virginia’s history can be found at the store, in Richmond…$34.95

12. This extremely versatile, exquisitely simple, pewter Jefferson Cup can be engraved. It comes in a gift box and holds approximately 7 ounces. Can be found during your trip to Monticello at the shop there or online…$35.00

 

 

—Virginia is for MOUNTAIN Lovers—

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13. Made in Roanoke, Virginia, the Mountain Laurel Designs Hiking Packs are the perfect lightweight bags to carry all your gear during a mountain excursion…$85+

14. Old Virginia Apple Butter has been made in Mount Jackson since 1906, bringing the incredible taste of Virginia’s orchards to your table…Starting at $2.99, available online or in select grocery stores.

15. If you’re looking for an overnight outdoor adventure, consider getting a Yama Mountain Gear Tent or Shelter System. They are crafted and tested to survive the toughest conditions by their Charlottesville creators…$110+

 

—Virginia is for MUSIC Lovers—

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16. The Huss & Dalton CM acoustic guitar “is perfect whether you are a songwriter needing an inspirational writing tool or a discerning finger stylist, or perhaps a blend of both.”…Approximately $3389

17. Country music forces join together to pay tribute to the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions. This collection has been described as haunting, timeless, and powerful.  Available at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s store…$19.99

18. This is Fern & Roby’s flagship speaker, the Cube Speakers in Heart Pine. Each cube pair is beautiful and has a superior performance…$1650

 

 

—Virginia is for OUTDOOR Lovers—

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19. The Standard Deadstock Dungarees from Shockoe Atelier are perfect for your next outdoor adventure. This denim was found in an abandoned factory in Petersburg, Virginia…$95

20. These unisex tees are super soft and lightweight. There are even unisex onesies. Choose from a variety of graphics and colors! From Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine…$16.99

21. This acorn cap necklace has a rainbow of tiny blooms that float gently inside. You also choose the length of your silver plated chain. From Etsy’s BloomSpoons…$36

 

 

— Virginia is for OYSTER Lovers—

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22. Add a kick to your oysters with Mad Hatter’s Extra Hot Sauce, in a habanero pineapple flavor. We dare you!…$6.99

23. This novel spirit uses several pounds of local oyster shells and is best enjoyed straight or in cocktails that call for vodka or gin. From JR Distillery…$37.59

24. Order a bushel of oysters for your next holiday meal or party. White Stone Oysters offers free overnight shipping, depending on your location…$70. As a bonus gift, order the Chesapeake Monolith & White Stone Collaboration Oyster Shuckers, pictured…from $125

 

 

—Virginia is for WINE lovers—

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25. Made-to-order wine barrel oak wood cufflinks! These have a wine-dyed face of the inside of a wine barrel and are finished with a clear wax and shellac blend. From Etsy’s Dfuss…$35

26. Keep your wine from spilling at your next music or outdoor festival! This table has a handle for easy carrying and comes in your choice of 4 stains. The tables are 11.25 inches wide, 20 inches long, and stand 8 inches high. From Etsy’s LeBlancWoodCreations…$75

27. These finely turned bottle stoppers were created by Doug Dill, master wood crafter in Lanexa, Virginia. The wood for each stopper was sourced from three different trees planted at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. From the Shops at Mount Vernon…$36

 

 

—Virginia is for SPIRITS Lovers—

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28. Keep It Simple Syrup are flavor-infused simple syrups that can be added to your favorite cocktail, savory dish, or dessert. Flavors include cinnamon, ginger, lemon zest, and spearmint…$12.50 each for a 12.7 ounce bottle

29. Gearharts Fine Chocolates spikes their truffles with Virginia Distillery Company’s Highland malt whisky. The truffles won “Best New Product” at the Virginia Food and Beverage Expo, 2016. The Virginia Malt Whisky Truffles are packaged in a gift box, includes 9 pieces…$22.00

30. Blanc Creatives has a cocktail muddler that is turned from local hardwoods and available in maple and walnut. Blanc Creatives also carries copper cookware, garden tools, limited items, steel cookware, and wood products…muddlers are $35 each.

 

 

—Virginia is for WEDDING Lovers—

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31. Made from recycled pallet wood, these Virginia signs (measuring appproximately 20” high x  40” wide) are perfect for anyone who needs a reminder of our great Commonwealth. You may choose your paint colors, a city to mark with a heart, and even add personalized initials or a monogram. From Amanda Dover Designs…$100 plus customization

32. Looking for a memorable gift for a Virginia bride and groom? How about a custom illustration of the capital city, drawn by Richmond artist Claire Hill. She offers detailed prints of many famous Richmond landmarks, including Main Street Station and Monument Avenue, as well as custom portraits and commissioned drawings…$50+

33. Hugo Kohl engagement rings and wedding rings are designed to be beautiful and infused with symbolic, allegorical messages about love, promises for the future, acknowledgement of our shared past and how we strive to commit ourselves to one another. Featuring “Harmony & Balance” engagement ring…$3200

34. Ask your bridesmaids to be part of your special day with a customized artisan gift box from Beets & Apples. Owner Ruby Hong makes all the beauty products in her Northern Virginia studio and pairs them with locally made items, like the handmade treats from Cardinal Chocolates.

 

We hope you love our Virginia products as much as we do! For officially licensed Virginia is for Lovers merchandise, check out our new website. Use code VWC for 10% off your retail purchase. Limited to one-time use only.

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Find even more Virginia-made products below:

  • Artisans from Heartwood are masters of their media. You may choose from a number of artisans that go through a rigorous jurying process just to be selected. Heartwood showcases the best in craft!…Prices vary
  • Mountain View Farms has amazing Gouda cheese. We like to mix it with a favorite Virginia wine in an awesome gift basket for your friends or favorite host.  This basket is a great option. From the Made In Virginia Store, a “Virginia wine and cheese…please” basket…$42.95
  • Cork to Barrel Melted Wine Bottles can be used for your favorite appetizer, a soap dish, a spoon rest, etc.  This particular one has “Celebrate Family Friends Life” etched on there and would be a perfect gift for the new partners…$24.00
  • The North End Beach Bag is perfect for the short weekend beach trip. The Beach Tote from North End Bag Company…$78.00
  • Add artisanal slow-cured meats from Olli Salumeria to your holiday meal. Pair with a Virginia craft beer or wine and you have the perfect appetizer or hostess gift! Olli Salumeria…price varies
  • Choose from any of the artisans in the Round the Mountain Artisan Network for your unique gift needs. Your family would love a clay or mixed media gift from any of these locals…prices vary
  • Graves’ Mountain Apple Butter, the number one product purchased by guests of Graves’ Mountain Lodge Restaurant in Syria…$15 for three 9-ounce jars
  • Custom menswear for your big day! A shirt, suit, or tuxedo that fits perfectly for the groom and party — you may shop by color, occasion, price range, style, or fabric. From Alton Lane…prices vary
 

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Ruby says:

Thank you for featuring Beets & Apples! We LOVE serving all fellow Virginians for all gifting needs! Please enjoy 10% off: COUPON CODE: ENJOY -Lots of love, Beets & Apples team